Personally I think “Gangnam Style” isn’t really a good song. Why do so many people treat it as if it was a masterpiece? I just feel like the song truly is not anything special. It’s not bad, but if I want to listen to music, I don’t say, “Somebody throw on Gangnam Style!”. Besides the fact that it was made by a Korean Artist, it doesn’t seem much different from most music today.
The video already has 220 million YouTube views and counting — and it’s in Korean.
But what exactly is it all about?
Beneath the antic, funny surface of his world-conquering song, however, is a sharp social commentary about the country’s newly rich and Gangnam, the affluent district where many of them live. Gangnam is only a small slice of Seoul, but it inspires a complicated mixture of desire, envy and bitterness.
The video climbed to 100 million views in 51 days — faster than Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” according to the Daily Dot — and elicited a deluge of response videos.
It’s garnered over 117 million views since it was posted on July 15, and Psy, a.k.a. Park Jae Sung, became the first Korean artist to be invited to the VMAs since Rain performed in 2005, according to the Korea Times.
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But what do the lyrics of the song mean, and what’s the story behind Psy’s trademark dance move?
If you’re just hearing about the Gangnam craze for the first time, here’s a quick cheat sheet to get you up to speed.Here are some secrets, the story behind the “Gangnam Style” Song:
WHAT DOES THE CHORUS, ‘OPPAN GANGNAM STYLE,’ MEAN?
It roughly means something like ‘Your man has Gangnam Style.’ ‘Oppa,’ which literally means ‘older brother,’ is an affectionate term girls use to address older guy friends or a boyfriend. It can also be used as a first-person pronoun, as PSY does here — in this case, he’s telling a woman that he has Gangnam style.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage Getting on that high horse. Korean rapper Psy shows his signature move, which he calls the “horse-riding dance.”
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH HIS SIGNATURE DANCE?
“It’s a horse-riding dance,” PSY explained in an interview with NY1 anchor Michelle Park. “So there is an invisible horse, and you’re on it.” (In the video, Psy first does the dance in the middle of a posh-looking stable.)
The singer manages to turn an activity typically associated with the wealthy into a hilarious, arm-flapping dance move.
HOW DO YOU SAY ‘PSY?’
It’s pronounced like ‘sigh,’ short for ‘psycho.’
WHAT’S NEXT FOR PSY?
He signed with Schoolboy Records, the label of Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Brown, so we may soon be seeing more of him stateside.
In conclusion, “Gangnam Style” is not only popular for it’s funky beats and catchy tunes, but everything else too. Psy, the singer of “Gangnam Style,” pieced everything together himself: he wrote all the lyrics, sang everything, directed the music video, choreographed the dances (and made up his own moves!), and everything in between. I think most people (including myself!) are fascinated by it because of the creativity, effort, passion, rhythm, originality, and funkiness that Psy has displayed. But, some people may find it the complete opposite.